Parent and Tot
Sun Rays- LTAD 1/LTAD 8
This 45-minute class is tailored to children aged 18–24 months and offers an introduction to basic gymnastics movements such as rolls, jumps, hangs and slides. Additionally, children will be introduced to gymnastics apparatuses such as the bars, rings and trampolines, just to name a few. Then at the end of the course, each child receives a certificate to reward their hard work.
Throughout the program children will develop strength, flexibility, motor skills, sensory understanding and social skills through interaction with others.
By introducing them to activity at a young age, these children have a head start in building a foundation for life long health and wellness. A parent or guardian is required to assist the child during each class.
Please note that any other, younger children not participating in the class will need to be in a stroller or carrier. They cannot be strapped to the parent’s body as this may make it harder for the parent to help the athlete.
World of Wonderment (WOW) Programs
Why Choose Gymnastics for Your Toddler?
Gymnastics is an ideal activity for all preschoolers as it helps develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, strength, power, flexibility and creativity. Ortona’s gymnastics programs offer these young gymnasts a chance to stretch, jump, run and roll in a safe, welcoming and educational environment. Each Parent and Tot class is age specific, guaranteeing that the exercises are best suited for your child’s needs and that no child is left out.
Our Parent and Tot programs allow you to accompany your child in each program’s activities. Being with your child helps them to feel more comfortable and safe, making it easier for the toddlers to learn and explore. These classes are a perfect way to spend some quality time with your children. It’s always fulfilling to be able to see them laugh, grow and have fun.
Leapah’s World of Wonderment
Gymnastics is an ideal activity for preschoolers. It is an excellent physical way to develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, coordination, strength, power, flexibility, musical awareness and creativity. Gymnastics is also a fun-filled, non-contact activity through which children can develop self-confidence, experience a wide variety of challenges and opportunity for social interaction.
Gymnastics helps develop physical literacy in children. The development of these physical tools are needed to take part in activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success. You’re never too young to gain something positive from the sport of gymnastics.
For full details on Long Term Athlete Development refer to Gymnastics Canada website. We have selected a highlight from each stage.
Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) taken from Gymnastics Canada
Role of Parents/Guardians in this Stage
- To introduce participants to a range of activities, provide encouragement and participate in activities such as parent days, shows and parent/child classes.
- Parents should be prepared to transport participants to activities, and to pay for these activities.
||Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) taken from Gymnastics Canada
What does not belong in the Gymnastics For Life Stage
- Risky exercises or advance skills that require high level of physical preparation.
- Be aware that inconsistencies of training increases risk factors.
- Be aware of physical limitations of participants.
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